An interesting document: Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland - A Route Map Towards Healthy Weight has been passed to us by an informant. You can download the PDF here.
In it, we noticed fascinating insights into how infrastructure issues might be tackled in order to mitigate Scotlands obesity epidemic:
At an environmental level we can also imagine how increasing walkable pedestrian areas in our town centres, without parallel actions to influence the kinds of high calorie snacks and drinks offered by cafes, takeaways and convenience stores could have the opposite outcomes to those we intended by increasing exposure to energy-dense foods and drinks.There you have it. Pedestrian areas are likely to make people fat, because they will walk past takaways, bakers, sweetie shops and the like and be unable to resist the temptation to indulge their fat selves. Far better indeed that these people be encouraged not to walk anywhere at all. Much better that they stay in their cars, where they will definitely not be tempted by high calorie foods.
Yesterday we demonstrated how the evil curse of pedestrianisation, as it spreads across the USA, has caused market turmoil and stock market crashes. Now we know that it also causes obesity. Pedestrianisation (or roadspace reallocation, as it is sometimes known) must be stopped. If you agree, you should join our campaign to Save the Denburn Dual Carriageway from the sinister forces of roadspace re-allocation. 'Like' us on FaceBook, 'Follow' us on Twitter.